Winding down 2022 with your own YearPlanDay
Each year in December—usually in that quiet week between Christmas and New Year’s—I set aside some time to reflect and make plans for the new year.
It’s a big part of GRIP that’s really enjoyable to do. You can carve out some time to do it alone or together with friends and family. I for one can’t wait to get started—always get so much out of it.
Since 2019 I’ve been organizing a YearPlanDay event, guiding a group of people as we look back over our year and look ahead to the next one. Those events have been great fun, with hundreds of people attending from all over the country. Last year we had an online edition, with folks from around the globe.
This year, however, I’ve decided not to hold a public event. I’m putting all my time and energy into Rise, so this year I’ll be focusing on my own Year Plan.
To make up for that:
I’ve got a little something for you
I’m giving away all my resources from previous events. Most of this stuff was available for participants in a pay-what-you-like setup, but now it’s yours for the taking, as Work in Progress readers.
As we close out the year, I’ll follow up with more thoughts on the topic in upcoming issues of this newsletter. Here’s the very best thing you can do today: grab your calendar and block off time to go through the steps of reflecting, brainstorming, and making plans. Half a day’s good, a full day’s even better.
People who’ve done this before will agree a YearPlanDay isn’t only fun—highlights and lowlights in particular are great to do one evening over the holidays with friends or family—but it will 100% change the trajectory of your coming year for the better.
Here’s the full recording of last year’s English session, where I walk you through the ideas behind doing a YearPlanDay and share what works for me. It’s about an hour-long video, including a personal intro and brief Q&A at the end.
Feel free to go straight to the sections you want help on. Step 1: looking back on 2022 and noting highlights and lowlights (8:42), step 2: brainstorming bold new goals (19:03), step 3: making plans you’ll actually do (21:30), plus tips on thinking big (34:13), making it happen (37:27), and getting unstuck (41:55).
Enjoy and pass it on
I hope these tools help you get going as you start reflecting on your year. Go ahead and share this newsletter and the resources with anyone you know who might like trying out their own YearPlanDay this December.
Here are some more resources for Dutch readers:
Have a great week,